Treating infidelity: Clinical and ethical directions

Douglas K. Snyder, Brian Doss

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Abstract

This article addresses clinical and ethical directions in treating clients coping with infidelity. Developing competence in this domain requires familiarity with empirical research regarding infidelity, individual and cultural differences involving nonmonogamy, and assessment and intervention skills related to treating infidelity. Practical directions will entail distinguishing among responsibilities to individual partners versus their relationship and managing related potential conflicts of interest with other involved parties. Confidentiality assumes increased complexity when confronting undisclosed infidelity in couple therapy and when a client engaging in high-risk behaviors for contracting STDs or testing seropositive for HIV has not informed his or her partner(s). Finally, we discuss therapists' need to concretely articulate their values that influence treatment of infidelity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1453-1465
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume61
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Couples Therapy
Conflict of Interest
Empirical Research
Confidentiality
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Risk-Taking
Individuality
Mental Competency
HIV
Direction compound
Therapy
Familiarity
Responsibility
Cultural Differences
AIDS/HIV
Individual Differences
Testing
Recognition (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Affair
  • Confidentiality
  • Duty to warn
  • Ethics
  • Extramarital relationship
  • Infidelity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Treating infidelity : Clinical and ethical directions. / Snyder, Douglas K.; Doss, Brian.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 61, No. 11, 01.11.2005, p. 1453-1465.

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Snyder, Douglas K. ; Doss, Brian. / Treating infidelity : Clinical and ethical directions. In: Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2005 ; Vol. 61, No. 11. pp. 1453-1465.
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